Pakistan Welcomes Ramadan as Moon Sighted Across the Country

Pakistanis will observe the first fast of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday, March 12, as the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced the sighting of the crescent on Monday evening.

The committee, headed by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, met in Peshawar to decide the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn till dusk.

The committee received testimonies of moon sighting from various parts of the country, including Lahore and Peshawar, where the crescent was visible before the official announcement.

With this, Pakistan joins the global Muslim community in celebrating Ramadan, which has already begun in several regions of the world, such as the Middle East and Europe.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the new moon was born at 2 pm on Sunday and its age was more than 28 hours at the time of sighting on Monday.

Ramadan is a month of worship, devotion and charity for Muslims, who seek to increase their good deeds and attain closeness to Allah. It is also a month of social solidarity, as Muslims share their blessings with the less fortunate and help those in need.

In Pakistan, Ramadan is marked by a spirit of generosity and compassion, as people set up roadside stalls to offer free food and drinks to the fasting masses. Mosques and other places of worship also host collective iftar (breaking of fast) and taraweeh (night prayers) gatherings, where people pray and recite the Quran.

The fasting hours in Pakistan will range from 12 to 17 hours, depending on the geographical location and the length of the day. The longest fast will be observed in Gilgit-Baltistan, while the shortest will be in Karachi.

The end of Ramadan will be determined by the sighting of the Shawwal moon, which will mark the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, a day of joy and gratitude for Muslims.

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